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About the Book

The Big Bang theory is widely regarded as the leading explanation for the origin of the universe. Yet, over the last three decades, the theory has been revised repeatedly to address such issues as how galaxies and stars first formed and why the expansion of the universe is speeding up today. Furthermore, no explanation has been found for what caused the Big Bang in the first place.

In Endless Universe, Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, both distinguished theoretical physicists, critique the Big Bang theory and recount the remarkable developments in astronomy, particle physics, and superstring theory that form the basis for a groundbreaking alternative, the “Cyclic Universe” theory. According to this theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets. The authors explain why the ensuing debate between these two, radically different theories will profoundly affect the future of cosmology and perhaps science, in general.